July 25, 2014

10 Household Organizational Tips You Need To Know

When you take a little time to organize each and every day, you will eventually have an organized home. Check out the following 10 household organizational tips that will help you clean, organize, and get your home in tip top shape. My only advice would be to take a break in between each tip, so you don’t wear yourself completely out!

10 need to know organizational tips
#1. Household Chore List—Isn’t it time everyone helps pitch in around the house? Check out this household chore list.
#2. 12 Steps to Deep Cleaning—Don’t wait for spring to get your household clutter, cleaning, and organization under control.
#3. Organize Those Scarves—Since scarves are in style, you may need these tips to help you organize them.
#4. Organize the Linen Closet—6 easy steps to organizing your linen closet.
#5. Organize Your Kitchen Pantry – Don’t have a huge pantry? See how to organize a small pantry closet.
#6. Organized Computer Desk Station—The kids need a little help organizing too! Check out how you can make your kids a DIY computer desk station and organize it too.
#7. Closet Shelf Organization—Now is the time to get your closet shelf a little more organized!
#8. DIY Jewelry Organizer– Don’t let your jewelry just around in your bedroom. This DIY jewelry organizer is perfect for organizing your jewelry.
#9. Make a Family Command Center—Have one place for schedules, notes, school papers, bills, etc.
#10. DIY Refrigerator Mats -  Make your own refrigerator mats and spend less time on cleaning the fridge shelves.

There you have it! Ten tips that will help you organize different parts of your home.

What part of your home do you feel you need help in organizing?

9 Scrumptuous Crockpot Slow Cooker Desserts

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to heat up my kitchen in the summer! Yet I don’t want to stop making our own baked goodies. Enter the crockpot! I love using my crockpot and I know most of you do too! Since the temperatures are heating up, I thought I’d put together a few dessert recipes that you can make in the crockpot/slow cooker.

9 Scrumptious desserts that you can make in a crockpot/slow cooker!

Did you know you could bake in your crockpot? Well you can!  All recipes can be found at the linked sources.

9 Crockpot Desserts

Dreamy Crockpot Hazelnut Cupcakes by Crockpot Gourmet

Dreamy Crockpot Hazelnut Cupcakes by Crockpot Gourmet

crock pot 7 layer bars by Tammilee Tips

Crockpot 7 Layer Bars by Tammilee Tips

Crock Pot Carrot Cake by Moms With Crockpots

(From Scratch) Crockpot Carrot Cake by Moms With Crockpots

White chocolate raspberry cream cake by Betty Crocker

White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cake by Betty Crocker

Slow Cooker Lava Cake by Easy Slow Cooker Meals

(5 Ingredient) Slow Cooker Lava Cake by Easy Slow Cooker Meals

apple butterscotch crisp by Crockpot Ninja

Apple Butterscotch Crisp by Crockpot Ninja

crockpot candy by Cookies and Cups

Super easy Crockpot Candy by Cookies and Cups

slow cooker monkey bread by Passionate Penny Pincher

Slow Cooker Monkey Bread by Passionate Penny Pincher

Crockpot S'more Dessert by Mummy Deals

Crockpot S’more Dessert by Mummy Deals

Don’t let the summer heat keep you from baking desserts. Pull that crockpot out and try a few of these desserts. They’re super easy!

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

11 Small Bathroom Organization Ideas

We are overhauling a lot of rooms in our home in effort to have things be more organized and tidy looking. One room in particular that I’ve been searching ideas for is our tiny master bathroom (actually all our bathrooms are small)!  There’s not a lot of room and not a lot of storage. So I’ve been looking on Pinterest for some small bathroom organizing ideas and thought I’d share a few with you today.

See how you can maximize your bathroom storage with these 11 small bathroom organizing ideas.

Here are some great ideas to help you maximize storage in your bathroom!

bathroom shelving for storage from 320 Sycamore

I’m pretty sure we’re going to install some sort of shelves to utilize the vertical space. I like these floating shelves from 320 Sycamore.

organize with plastic shoe boxes via Mary Organizes

Organizing with plastic shoe boxes like this from Mary Organizes keeps the undersink area nice a tidy.

bathroom cabinet organization with a lazy susan from Mini Manor Blog

Using a lazy susan for bathroom organization in a cabinet is so clever! via Mini Manor Blog

hair dryer over the door bin via A Bowl Full of Lemons (bathroom organization round up)

I actually just bought one of these hair dryer over the door bins at Ross! via A Bowl Full of Lemons

Shelf over toilet bathroom storage idea from The Butlers

I like this shelf, towel-bar combo from The Butlers

mason jar bathroom organizer from DIY Playbook

Use your wall space with this DIY Mason Jar Organizer from DIY Playbook

back f the cabinet door bathroom storage via BHG

Love this idea to use the back of the doors for storage. via BHG

Custom DIY under cabinet bathroom storage

I also really like this custom DIY under cabinet storage system because the pipes in one of our bathrooms is set up strangely. via Pretty Handy Girl featuring  Pink Toes and Power Tools

window boxes used as bathroom storage by Our Fifth House

Wall mounted wicker window boxes or baskets would also be a good storage idea. via Our Fifth House

hang wire baskets on the wall for bathroom storage via A Beautiful Mess

I also love the idea of hanging wire baskets on the wall like these from A Beautiful Mess

painted & distressed ball jars used for bathroom organization

Using small painted mason jars to hold little bathroom items like cotton is such a cute idea! via Rusted Treasure 

I’ll be sharing more organizing ideas for your home as we go through each of our rooms!

 

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

10 Amazing Flower Tower/Tipsy Pot Planter Ideas!

I think flower towers or tipsy pots are such a stunning way to add vertical interest to your garden, porch, or front entry. But not only that, they also are a great way to add a bit of whimsy! Here are 10 awesome ideas for making flower towers or tipsy pot planters.

10 amazing flower tower & tipsy pot ideas

10 Flower Tower or Tipsy Pot Planter Ideas

tiered flower pots from The Kim Six Fix (flower tower roundup)

I love this flower tower from The Kim Six Fix because she made the whole thing for under $10 and so cute!

galvanized tipsy tower (round up of flower towers)

This insanely amazing galvanized tipsy pot is from  Annie Steen at Flea Market Gardening

Flower tower by House by Hoff (flower tower roundup)

House by Hoff used terracotta pots that she painted to make this beauty.

colorful tipsy pots by Tiaras & Bowties (flower tower roundup)

I like how Tiaras & Bowties used these cute colorful pots for her tipsy tower

flower tower by  Simply Desiging

Simply Designing filled this pretty flower tower with pansies for spring but you could do the same with summer flowers.

Tipsy Tower by Daydreaming Bliss (roundup of flower towers)

Love the color of the pots in this tipsy tower by Daydreaming Bliss

address flower tower

You could put your house numbers on a pot like this one via Flickr or vinyl lettering!

succulent tower by Sow & Dipity (flower tower round up)

Love Sow & Dipity’s version using succulents!

Stacked planters by Home Jelly (flower tower round up)

Love, love, love these stacked planters from Home Jelly!

Galvanized tipsy pots by The Pink Hammer (flower tower round up)

This totally amazing galvanized tipsy pot planter is from The Pink Hammer.

So many great projects and they’re not hard to do!

20 Yummy Sweet Summer Treats

Summer is almost here, and I for one, am READY!  In my excitement and anticipation for June 21st (the first day of summer, in case you didn’t know), I am sharing 20 Sweet Summer Treats that I think would be fun to make. I’ve gathered treats that are not only great for summer, but also fairly easy for kids to make (or at least help you make).20 yummy & easy summer treats. Great summer desserts for kids

If you generally do most of your cooking solo, I would like to encourage you to consider bringing your kids or the grands into the kitchen, especially since they’ll be on break from school. Cooking can be such a great way to bond with your children or grandchildren, while teaching them a valuable skill.

So what are you waiting for? Start browsing the easy recipes below, and bookmark and pin your favorites so you can enjoy these sweet summer recipes with your family!

  1. 4th of July Ice Cream Cones
  2. Nutella Push Pops
  3. Fruit Pizza
  4. Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
  5. Chocolate Peanutbutter Graham Sandwiches
  6. Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
  7. Copy Cat Orange Julius
  8. Funfetti Rice Crispy Treat Fruit Kabobs
  9. Banana Cheesecake Chimichanga
  10. Mini Lemon Oreo Cheesecake
  11. “Frozen” Themed Snack Mix
  12. Key Lime Pie In A Jar
  13. Frushi – Fruit Sushi
  14. Honey Raspberry Parfait Pops
  15. Coconut Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Cups
  16. Lemon Curd Tartlets
  17. Rainbow Fruit Salad
  18. Double Dipped Oreo Cookies
  19. PB&J Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches
  20. No-Bake Flag Dessert

Do you have a favorite warm weather treat that you make every year?

25 Tasty Frozen Treats

It’s already hot here even though it’s not officially summer yet!  So I’ve put together a fabulous collection of frozen treats. Just in time to help cool you (and me) off in the hot months ahead.There’s everything from  drinks to desserts!

25 Tasty Frozen Treats

Don’t they all look yummy!

25 Tasty Frozen Treats

1. Rhubarb Sorbet
2. Raspberry Acai Frozen Margarita
3. Frozen Caramel Toffee Ice Cream Sandwiches
4. Frozen Coconut Peach Bites
5. Raspberry Apple Croissants
6. Mango Papaya Smoothie
7. Healthy Klondike Bars
8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
9. Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Bites
10. Oreo Pudding Pops
11. Honeyed Pear and Walnut Ice Cream
12. Churro Milkshakes
13. Frozen Mocha Cream Pie
14. Strawberry Pistachio Semifreddo
15. Froyo Dipped Strawberries
16. Chocolate Dipped Avocado Popsicles
17. Grapefruit and Rosemary Granita
18. Protein Packed Power Smoothie
19. Cinnamon Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
20. Frozen Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Coconut Daquiri
21. Strawberry Sunrise Smoothie
22. Fried Cheesecake and Ice Cream
23. Frozen Blueberry Margaritas
24. Roasted Cherry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt
25. Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

Enjoy!

11 Easy & Simple Patriotic Decorating Ideas

I’ve collected 11 awesome DIY decorating ideas that would be easy for you to make for any patriotic holiday. Not only are these ideas easy to duplicate, they’re low cost (love that)!

A collection of easy and cute patriotic decorating ideas

11 Easy To Make Patriotic Decorating Ideas

mason jar flag by It All Started With Paint

Wouldn’t this mason jar flag by It All Started With Paint be super cute on a buffet table holding your utensils, straws or even filled with flowers or pinwheels!

Patriotic apothecary jars by  Makoodle

Apothecary jars are always an easy way to decorate seasonally. These are from Makoodle  

patriotic flower centerpiece by Heritage Schoolhouse

Recycle some old glass bottles and add some pretty red & blue ribbon and you have a beautiful and easy centerpiece like this one from Heritage Schoolhouse

Patriotic fabric bunting by Second Chances by Susan

Second Chances by Susan made this fabulous patriotic bunting from strips of fabric!

Mini flag wreath by The Picky Apple

Make this gorgeous patriotic wreath by sticking cheap mini flags in a wreath form like this one from The Picky Apple

Painted USA craft letters from BHG

Paint some inexpensive craft letters that spell USA –  like these from BHG

Patriotic paint chip bunting by Nest of Posies

This cute red, white and blue bunting from Nest of Posies is made from paint chips!

banner made from bandans by Life In Wonderland

Here’s one more banner and it’s from  Life In Wonderland. This one is made from bandanas – so cute!

Patriotic clothespin wreath by Cat's Craft Room

Here a way to upcycle clothespins. Make this pretty patriotic wreath! See the tutorial at Cat’s Craft Room

Patriotic days chain decoration

This is a cute way to decorate your deck and you can get the kids involved. Make these patriotic daisy chains from the DIY Network

DIY firecracker centerpiece from All You

This fun DIY centerpiece is easy to make. Tutorial can be found at All You

These decorations will be sure to add a festive touch to your celebrations!

DIY Saturday: How To Make A Garden In A Bag Of Soil

This is an amazing and simple way to set up a new garden bed or even to have a little garden if you don’t have much space.  Gardening in a bag of soil is not a new idea (I’ve seen people plant vegetables in a bag of dirt) but I’ve never seen it used in such large scale.  Gardening in a bag of topsoil makes setting up a new garden bed so quick and easy!

How to set up a new garden bed using bags of dirt #nodig_garden

I would definitely give this a try if I was setting up a new annual bed (at the very least the grass under the bags would be killed and the following season you could plant in the ground if you want). This is a great no-dig garden!

Supplies:

Bedding plants

Bags of topsoil or potting mix

Fertilizer

Mulch

Directions:

Go here  or here to see the full instructions of how to plant in a bag (one is the original tutorial and one is a follow up)

 

Have a great weekend!

9 Cute Tea Cup Gardens

Turn old teacups into charming mini gardens!  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

9 Cute teacup gardens

These also make cute gifts!

Mini teacup garden by Camp Makery

Camp Makery has a wonderful step by step tutorial on how to make these super cute mini teacup gardens.

Tea cup herb garden

Teacup herb garden by The Brower Bird Stories

teacup planter pots

Teacup planter pots via Go Make Me

succulents planted in a tea cup

Succulents planted in a teacup by  Kerry Michaels @ About. Com Container Garden Ideas

basil growing in a teacup

Basil growing in a teacup via Creative Juice

cacti planted in teacups

Cacti in teacups via Casos de Casa

pansies in a teacup

Pansies in teacups via  My Place in the Sun

mini pond in a teacup

Little pond plants in  a teacup via BuzzFeed

teacup garden

HGTV Gardens has easy steps for creating this teacup garden

These are really simple to make!

10 Pretty Mother’s Day Gifts Using Jars

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Skip the stores and try making something this year. Here are 10 Pretty Mother’s Day Gifts Using jars to get you started.

10 Pretty Mother's Day Gifts Using Jars Roundup

Your Mother, Mother-in-law, sister or friend will love these heartfelt gifts!

10 Pretty Mother's Day Gifts In A Jar - succulent planter

Painted mason jar succulent planter from The Golden Sycamore

10 Pretty Mother's Day Gifts In A Jar - picture frame vase

Mason jar picture frame vase filled with flowers from Home Stories A to Z

10 Mother's Day Gifts In A Jar - Spa in jar

Put together your own Spa in a Jar like this one from The Gunny Sack

10 Pretty Mother's Day Gifts In A Jar - sewing kit

A sewing kit  in a jar and pincushion  from Funkytime

10 Pretty Mother's Day Gifts In A Jar - lime and mint foot soak

DIY Lime and mint foot soak from Tidy Mom

10 Pretty Mother's Day Gifts in a Jar - mason jar herb planters

Mason jar herb planters from  home.made

10 Pretty Mother's Day Gifts in a Jar - DIY lemon scrub

DIY lemon sugar scrub from The Turquoise Home

10 Pretty Mother's Day Gifts in a Jar

Make a Mommy Survival Kit in a Jar like this one from Classy Clutter

Love in a jar Mother's Day gift| Mother's Day gift roundup

We love you because…have everyone in the family fill out slips of paper to put in the jar via New Nostalgia

DIY apothecary jars from mason jars | Mother's day gifts roundup

Make these cute apothecary jars from Thrifty and Chic and fill them with Mom’s favorite candy, tea or give as is and she can fill them.

 

Also check out 10 Crafty Ideas For Mother’s Day for more ideas!

DIY Saturday: Make a Herb Tower

This container herb garden would be a great project for those that have little outdoor gardening space since it’s designed vertically. You could do a tower of herbs you make teas with or do themed culinary pots (Italian/French/spicy). You could also add some nasturtiums (which are edible) for some color or make one tier lettuce –  there are so many ways you could use this space saving idea from Home Depot! You could grow quite a bit of herbs in this herb tower!

Terracotta pot herb tower by Home Depot

I would try to group herbs that have the same watering requirements together and something like mint or lemon balm (that spreads easily) I’d put  in the top container by itself unless you want lots of that herb.

Directions

Home Depot has a short video explaining how to put this together and also a pdf that you can download. Seems very easy and once it fills in should be quite stunning!

For materials and directions on How To Make an Herb Tower go to here

8 Fun Repurposed Rake Projects

What do you do with a rake that you can’t use anymore? One that’s rusty or the handle broke off?  Here are a few practical  & decorative ways to repurpose old rakes.

8 Fun Repurposed Garden Rake Ideas

Remember that you can always spray paint a rake if it looks too old and rusty or if you need a particular color.

rake turned into a curtain rod for an outdoor room

Here’s the perfect curtain rod for an outdoor space via Better Homes and Gardens.

rake made into a wreath

Here’s a pretty rake made into a wreath via Miss Effie’s Diary

rake upcycled to hold kitchen utensils

Use an old rake to hold your kitchen utensils via Recycle Art

a rake repurposed into a necklace holder

A rake repurposed to hold necklaces via Perfect Pear

rake wine glass wall

Store wine glasses using old rakes like these from Fresh Cut Flours

rake used to hold tea cups planted with succulents

This project repurposes a rake and old teacups via Rustique Art

rake used as a garden tool holder

Love this idea to use a rake as a garden tool holder via  The Gardening Cook

rake candleholder

Here’s a great outdoor candle holder that used to be a rake. It’s attached to a piece of wood to keep it upright and the taper candles are stuck in between the tines via The World According to Pia

Would you use one of these ideas to repurpose an old rake or would you throw it away?

11 {More} Ways to Repurpose Old Jeans

Think twice about ditching those old jeans! I’m all about making the most of what you have. So here are some {more} ideas for turning old jeans into beautiful and practical items.

11 Ways to repurpose old jeans

11 Ways to Repurpose Old Jeans

recycled denim throw pillows by Ashbee Designs

Recycled denim throw pillows tutorial by Ashbee Design

denim satchel or messenger bag by Redfly Creations

Denim Messenger Bag tutorial by Redfly Creations

Upcycled denim toy holder by Handmade by Meg K

Upcycled Jeans to Toy Storage by Handmade by Meg K

recycled denim baby shoes by Pretty Prudent

Recycled DIY denim baby shoes by Pretty Prudent

Recycled DIY denim pouf by Michele Made Me

Recycled denim DIY pouf by Michele Made Me

Upcycled denim plant hanger

Upcycled denim slingstyle plant hanger tutorial Yahoo Crafts & Hobbies

upcycled denim garden tool bucket caddy

Upcycled denim garden tool bucket caddy tutorial at Instructables

Denim placemats from Homesteader's Heart

Denim placemat from repurposed jeans from Homesteader’s Heart

denim bracelets by Av Susanne

Denim bracelets made from the seams by Av Susanne

denim covered craft letter

Denim covered craft letter by Lucky Star Lane

Denim rag wreath by Zoey Quilts

Rag Wreath by Zoey Quilts

Be sure to visit the linked sources for tutorials.


 

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